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25 11, 2019

Masking Drapes Aid With Fantastic USS Iowa Special Event

By |November 25th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Here at Sew What? we recognize how important it is to take a few minutes to appreciate the efforts and sacrifices that our men and women in the US Armed Forces do for all of us on a daily basis. Understanding everything that they have given up, and that they vigilantly work every single day to help protect for us, is a humble endeavor that should not be taken lightly. Honoring those that serve in our country’s military on Veteran’s Day is the least we can do as grateful members of the community.

This past Veteran’s Day, the USS Battleship Iowa Museum–right here in San Pedro, California–wanted to offer an exceptional event for the community to enjoy with one another, and to help honor fellow Veterans. Throughout the day, guests enjoyed catered food, and free family-friendly activities on the fantail of the ship, including mural painting and Vicky the Dog Story Time with author Carole Hershman (Vicky, a seafaring pup, was actually the ship’s beloved mascot once upon a time!).

And, as an exclusive treat for their guests that day, on the actual fantail of the ship, they decided to host the Emmy Award winning documentary, The Last Signal, and the award winning World War I documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, with a live Q&A by Emmy Award winning director Kyle Olson. Happily, this event got such a huge response from the public that they had to change where they held the event to an even larger area. As you can imagine, on a sunny Southern California day, it would be way too bright outside to successfully show a film outdoors with any sort of clarity, even under the massive tent structures they brought in for the event. Due to this last minute change, they had to get dark-colored, light-blocking tie-on curtains to quickly mask off the entire area behind and next to the screen, in order for the audience to be able to better immerse themselves in these completely engaging films. 

We were very pleased to be able to rent them some beautiful–and efficient—flat, black, tie-on IFR Encore Velour masking drapes for this set-up. The client was thrilled with how nice they looked, how simple they were to install, and how wonderfully they helped to block the bright sunshine bouncing off the ocean nearby so that their guests could truly enjoy the significant movies being shown that afternoon. With sizes in our rental inventory ranging from 1’h to 60’h, and a huge assortment of widths, our flat masking curtains and borders can help put the finishing touches on any type of unique event, production, concert, or trade show configuration that you can think of! Feel free to contact us today so that we can assist you with adding the perfect style of drapery to your own upcoming special occasion, too.

18 11, 2019

Halloween Brings Out Some Very Interesting Characters Indeed

By |November 18th, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

It’s time once again to showcase the creative, talented, and fun-loving hearts and minds of the Sew What? Family, in all of their Halloween glory! This year we decided to do an afternoon Halloween Costume Contest for the entire staff to revel in. We had a genuinely fun time, as our colleagues came up with some absolutely wonderfully inventive and imaginative costumes again this year.

Representing our company were a couple of authentic hippies straight from Woodstock, beautiful Pocahontas herself, a fabulous French mime, a NASCAR “super-fan,” a beguiling She-Devil, a terrifyingly gruesome special effect display, an adorable Dalmatian doggy, a spooky gothic queen, a drunk and disorderly wicked witch, and—hilariously—an actual praying mantis bug (this blog’s author made it her mission to try and “spray” him with bug spray the entire afternoon…Lol). So, needless to say, there was a wide variety of “characters” to get our holiday spirit in full effect.

And of course it wouldn’t be a true “Whatter’s shindig” without a table full of mouthwatering, delectable holiday-inspired treats and snacks for everyone to enjoy with one another. From adorably frosted Halloween cupcakes, deliciously sprinkled chocolate chip cookies, moist and yummy graveyard brownies, and huge variety of bite-sized candies, we topped it off with ice cold milk and fresh orange juice to keep our whistles wet and our collective engines running on high!

We truly have a blast at these social events, and always look forward to sharing these entertaining and comical memories from all of the various holidays and special occasions that we sincerely like to celebrate with one another.  It gives us both the mental break and the added energy to keep doing what we like to do best—provide the most beautiful, durable, unique, and versatile theatrical custom and rental drapery to all of our amazing clients.

11 11, 2019

Custom Soft Goods Help Create Memorable Tour Stage Design

By |November 11th, 2019|Clients, Projects|1 Comment

We love being able to work with our regular clients on uniquely remarkable drapery projects, and truly enjoy getting to see how they are able to turn something possibly considered “standard” into an undeniably memorable stage design. It takes a uniquely talented lighting and stage designer who can take some simple white drapery and turn them into complete “wow” pieces, and that never ceases to always impress us!

This past summer we were thrilled to be able to work with one of these such designers, the incredible Adam “Orby” Cowan, with the Breaking Benjamin World Tour again. He and his stage and lighting design team devised a very cool look using the band’s existing record-cover design as a main backdrop. But they also wanted to add some edgy, versatile soft good pieces to the stage design to be able to create an absolutely sensational, distinctive motif for this international tour.

They had constructed some truss “hanging” structures (two squares and a triangle) and were looking to drape them with a tour-friendly substrate that they could light up with all different colors and gobo designs. Wanting drapes that would be seamless, crisp, white, and still durable, he decided to have us custom build them set pieces using the ever-popular FR Super Knit fabric. Using this wide, flame retardant substrate was a fabulous way to build stage curtains that would help to give them the clean and taut look they were envisioning, and which could additionally be front and rear projected onto beautifully as well.

Orby did such a phenomenal job as lighting programmer and operator for all of the concerts, by crafting a completely one-of-a-kind look and feel for every part of each concert, and from venue to venue. You can see by these gorgeous photographs taken by gifted band photographer Courtney Dellafiora that he was enormously successful in building an exceptional look for the band’s stage time and time again.

Sometimes the drapery that you are picturing for